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Our all-time favourite Emily Blunt movie roles

Our all-time favourite Emily Blunt movie roles

From her scene-stealing role in The Devil Wears Prada to her gritty portrayal in A Quiet Place, Emily Blunt is one of Hollywood's most dynamic actresses.

Our all-time favourite Emily Blunt movie roles

Ever since bursting onto the scene in the early 2000s, Emily Blunt has enjoyed one of the most diverse and interesting careers in Hollywood.

She has shone in everything from comedy and drama to sci-fi and horror. We round up our favourite movies roles from our MiNDFOOD August cover star.

The Devil Wears Prada

We can’t start an Emily Blunt movie list without mentioning The Devil Wears Prada. Blunt, at the time a lesser-known actress, stole the show as the sardonic and sharp Emily Charlton, assistant to Miranda Priestley.

In a 2008 interview with the New York Times, Blunt revealed her the character was originally supposed to be American, but that she “felt she should be British” and so revised the role.

Mary Poppins Returns

Taking over the role of the beloved Mary Poppins from Julie Andrews is no easy feat, but Blunt proved the perfect fit with her effortless charm and singing talents in Mary Poppins Returns. 

Sunshine Cleaning

In 2008, Blunt starred opposite Amy Adams in the oddball indie comedy Sunshine Cleaning, a story about two sisters who start a business cleaning up crime scenes.

In a 2009 interview with MTV, Blunt said she formed an immediate bond with Adams. “We have a weird inner dialogue that we sort of know what the other one’s thinking. It was like I’d known her forever.”

Into The Woods

While Blunt was nervous to take on a singing role in Into The Woods, she showed she had real talent in the musical genre. “For me, it was completely out of my depth to sing in front of anybody, let alone Rob [Marshall] and Meryl [Streep],” she told Collider.

“Overcoming my trepidation and my fear about taking on the challenge of singing Stephen Sondheim and ultimately how life-enhancing it is to be on a musical. It’s just so joyous, especially one like this”

The Young Victoria

Blunt earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actress for her portrayal of the titular Queen in 2009’s Young Victoria. Speaking to Reuters, Blunt said she researched for the role of Queen Victoria by reading her diaries and letters.

“I learned how expressive she was. After a while, you can hear that person’s voice. The monarchy can be rather otherworldly to people, and there’s a need to cover and protect them. But I think there’s also a need to pull back the curtains so you can identify with them on a human level.”

Edge of Tomorrow

Blunt proved she is no stranger to action sequences in the 2014 Tom Cruise film The Edge of Tomorrow. The actress underwent rigorous training for the role, which involved Krav Maga martial arts and gymnastics. In an interview with People, Blunt said she almost suffered a broken nose from the training. “It wasn’t even a cool story. I smacked myself in the face with my sword.”

The Five Year Engagement

The actress showed off her charming comedic skills starring opposite Jason Segel in The Five Year Engagement. The delightful rom-com follows a couple whose engagement keeps getting pushed back due to life changes.

According to Segel, who co-wrote the script, the Blunt’s role was written specifically for her. “She can be funny, she can be dramatic,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s very hard to find someone that you feel can believably pull it off as a couple onscreen, because it needs to feel like they are best friends.”

The Adjustment Bureau

The British actress starred alongside another Hollywood heavyweight in 2011’s The Adjustment Bureau. The film follows David (Matt Damon), a politician who falls in love with ballet dancer Elise (Blunt) with a mysterious group of men seeking to keep them apart.

A Quiet Place

Blunt brought her real-life relationship onto the screen starring opposite her husband, John Krasinski in the 2018 horror A Quiet Place. “You always try to write with your dream actor in mind, because it helps you see the performance in your head, and not to mince words, but I think Emily is the best actress we have,” Krasinski told Collider. 

Pick up MiNDFOOD August to read our fascinating interview with cover star Emily Blunt. 

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